NO EASY WAY OUT FOR FREDDIE LJUNGBERG

Unai Emery was a celebrated and decorated coach before coming to Arsenal. His experiences in England has left sour in everyone’s mouth but it will be foolish to think he was the sole architect of Arsenal’s abysmal season run so far.

The sad tales and sights told by the Gunners on the field of play, every week is hardly different from the ones told during the twilight of Arsene Wenger’s time. Hence, it is foolish to think something better would magically happen under the current care taker boss Freddie Ljungberg.

The former Sweden international was under Emery and has been on the club’s coaching department for the past eighteen months. His history with the Gunners is the major reason he was allowed to continue as caretaker manager. Just like Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Ljungberg has a tie with the club that goes beyond how much they are paying him.

With Ljungberg, passion won’t be questioned. Rebellious players will also have less of a voice since whatever criticism they might have against their current coach will be met stiffly by fans that still remember his heroics and loyalty as a player.

A lot of people are questioning whether Freddie’s deal should be made permanent and if so whether he really has what it takes to move the club forward. Apart from few elite coaches like Guardiola and Klopp, most of the time, the success of any club is due to their underlying structure, their DNA.

Arsenal has one and they are still looking for a magician which is funny because the essence of DNA is so that you can reproduce and replace new players and coaches after the old ones must have gone.

That is the reason clubs like Barca rarely rely on the coach to make much of a difference other than guiding them to stay true to their ability.

Arsenal can choose to stick with Freddie or not but either way, not even a new coach will give them what they want in an instant.

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